Podcasts

You can use Tridion to create a Podcast for display on your site and add a Podcast channel in Apple iTunes. Inserting Podcasts onto a page requires several steps (separated into 5 parts below) before creating the actual Podcast components. It's important that you go through each of the steps below in order for the Podcasts to publish correctly.

What You Will Learn

  • How to create and insert a Podcast channel on your page

Quick Steps

  1. Create Podcast components for each Podcast audio file you have uploaded into Tridion; published in the Building Blocks folder.
  2. Create a Dynamic List to insert onto the page; publish page after all components have been created.
  3. Create a Podcast Feed schema component and insert it on a page using the XML template, then publish.

Examples

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The "Dynamic List" component can display Podcasts by Date or by Topic on your page. Click the examples below.

Important Note: Correctly Publishing in the Building Blocks Folder

In order for the Publications List to publish on a page, you must publish the Publications Reference components in the Building Blocks folder. How you proceed to publish these will depend if your website uses a single publication or has a parent-child structure. Your site has parent-child structure if you build your components in a parent publication, e.g. "Surgery - (1)," and the Root folder with the pages of your website is in a separate child publication, e.g. "Surgery - (2) Main Site."

  • For a website that is a single publication: Publish from the same folder where you built the components.
  • For a website that has parent-child structure: Publish the component in the parent Building Block folder (where you built the components). When the publishing window pops up, click on the "Advanced" tab. Under "Advanced Publish/ Unpublish Settings," check off the "Also Publish/ Unpublish in Child Publications" option.

Part I: Upload Audio Files & Record Information

  1. For each of the Podcasts you want to include, make sure you have a quality audio file. In addition, you will want to determine and write down the following information for each Podcast audio file:
    • Title
    • Subtitle
    • Author
    • Description (Short description of the Podcast content)
    • Date 
    • Category (e.g., Science & Medicine, Research, Ethics & Compliance)
    • Channel (the name you will give to your Podcast channel on the page)
    • Topic (e.g., Colon cancer, gastrointestinal, OBGYN)
    • Names of guests participating in Podcasts 
  2. After you have collected this information, go into the the Building Blocks folder of your publication. You will use all of this information in Part II, but it's best to have this completed beforehand.
    • Unless you are working in a standalone publication, please make sure you are creating the new folders and components in the parent publication!
  3. Open and create a new folder dedicated to Podcasts. Within this folder, create another folder where you will house your audio files.
  4. In your audio files folder, create a New Multimedia Component and select Audio from the schema list.
  5. Click Load from disk and select the podcast audio file from your computer. 
  6. Save & Close. Repeat for each podcast, as necessary.
  7. If you would like to include PDF transcriptions of each podcast, create a new folder in your Podcasts building blocks folder called "PDFs," then upload each transcription as a Document component.